Food Security in Benalla: access to healthy food
Food security occurs when people have access to safe, nutritious food that is both culturally and socially acceptable. Food must be available on a daily basis, affordable, easily accessed and able to be used. Food insecurity occurs when a person is unable to do this.
In 2013 Benalla Health and the Benalla Rural City Council conducted a Food Security Scan to collect information about healthy food access in Benalla.
The report found that:
- Benalla has the 11th highest number of people experiencing food insecurity in the state, with 8.4% of the population running out of food in the past 12 months and could not afford to buy more.
- There is a high number of low income earners in Benalla
- Only 1 in every 9 food stores sell fresh fruit and vegetables
- Many people have poor transport to food
- Pockets of Benalla West, South West, North West and rural areas are in "food deserts." A food desert is an area where food is not availble within a 500m walking distance.
Healthy food is expensive in Benalla. To buy healthy food for a fortnight it costs;
- $402 for a family of four
- $275 for a single parent family
- $96 for an elderly woman
- $127 for a single man
Imrpoving healthy food access can make it easier for residents and families living in Benalla to eat healthy, nutritious foods.